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Pre-Health Student Organizations

The University of Houston offers a variety of student organizations in which you can get involved. Joining a student organization provides you the opportunity to attend meetings, participate in events, and potentially gain leadership experience.

Keep in mind that you are not obligated to join a Pre-Health student organization. Instead, our office encourages you to engage any activities in which you have an interest, even if the organization is not directly related to healthcare or medicine. These could be service organizations, honor societies, Greek fraternities/sororities, or clubs devoted to specific hobbies or extracurricular activities.

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Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Premedical Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship. Although the focus is on medicine, AED welcomes ALL students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career.

AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community. During your time with AED, we will introduce you to physicians, medical students, MCAT representatives, and even admissions board faculty from medical schools.

We also explore the world of medicine through surgery observations, mock MCAT exams, and visits to various medical schools around Texas. Our sole purpose is to help YOU get the experience and information you need to become the doctor that you have always dreamed of!

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The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at The University of Houston is a pre-medical honors student organization that seeks to give its entire chapter any and all opportunities a pre-medical student needs when aiming to become a physician.

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The American Pre-Dental Organization (APDO) is an organization at the University of Houston that began its journey in the fall of 2016. We strive to provide guidance to our members that are necessary to excel as a dental applicant. We aim to do this by not only providing various dental and non-dental related events, but also through many leadership opportunities that will be key as a dental applicant. With many events planned for the upcoming year, we are excited to accompany all of our members on their paths into the field of dentistry.

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The American Student Dental Association Predental Chapter at the University of Houston is an organization that serves to educate students about the field of dentistry. We strive to inspire our members to pursue a dental profession and to guide them to success. Members will listen to experienced guest speakers, volunteer within our community, promote cultural diversity in the dental profession, and shadow local general dentists and specialists. As a nationally recognized ASDA predental chapter since 2016, we offer a multitude of opportunities to connect with other ASDA chapters locally, regionally, and nationally. 

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The primary goal of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is to allow students to apply the knowledge gained in a classroom setting and promote a better understanding of biochemistry and biology. Students will have the opportunity to witness leading experts present their research in both the field of biology and healthcare. This organization also serves as a platform for students to network with other students and faculty members who can assist with graduate and professional school admissions. While this organization is geared towards those pursuing a STEM degree, ASBMB is open to students from all majors.

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AHPS is a non-profit organization that provides up-to-date information regarding various health professions and schools through workshops, tours, guest speakers, etc. Our primary objective is to equip our members with resources necessary to succeed in graduate health programs through knowledge, professional contacts, and community service experience. We partner with exam prep organizations and accredited graduate institutions to provide our members what they need to get into graduate school, and to succeed!

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Aspiring American Medical Professionals aims to provide pre-health students with as many resources as possible for their success in graduate school and beyond. This includes, but is not limited to, professional connections, resume workshops, interview workshops, and volunteering opportunities. AAMP focuses on providing students shadowing opportunities with an emphasis on learning professional etiquette. Shadowing positions are assigned based on application, resume, and interview quality. Pre-health students from all backgrounds, experience levels, and academic years are welcome to participate in this professionally focused organization.

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Alpha Eta Alpha is a pre-health organization located at the University of Houston. We are open to all majors concentrating on students who are interested or plan on pursuing a future in healthcare but need more guidance. We mentor and work within all majors, incorporating them into health-related volunteer events, lectures, and other opportunities.

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The American Medical Women’s Association Chapter at the University of Houston is an organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in medicine and advocating for women’s health. We aim to create a strong sense of community while providing resources to our members to help prepare them for their pre-health professions. Our organization provides opportunities for mentorship, community service, as well as personal and professional development. Our team hopes to enhance pre-medical education and forge a better foundation for community cohesion by incorporating advocacy and community service.

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To create a pre-professional environment for students of color to succeed in their desired health profession whether public health, dental, medical, optometry, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy. Providing undergraduate students with resources such as networking, education, volunteering, shadowing, and entry-level test preparation for his/her desired field of study. Expose students to all fields of medicine and/or health including underprivileged communities. Providing students exposure to long lasting connections with fellow colleagues and/or professional health staff. Assist and encourage admission into desired professional graduate schools.

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A resource and support group for black students who are aspiring to have a career in dentistry.

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The Engineering Pre-Medical Society (EPMS) at the University of Houston is an organization dedicated to helping engineering students of all disciplines smoothly navigate their undergraduate years towards a career in medicine. With engineering being a less conventional major choice for pre-meds, the pre-med path of an engineering student slightly deviates from that of an NSM student. Our mission is to alleviate any uncertainties surrounding the engineering pre-med track and provide supplemental guidance and resources, including but not limited to MCAT preparation, research and volunteering opportunities, medical school tours, and general course recommendations.  

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Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals (HOSA) is committed to helping our undergraduates find their path in healthcare. Our members have access to speakers, volunteer events, socials, networking, shadowing opportunities, and of course, competitions for committed members. Our members will be eligible to compete at the state and national levels, in addition to having the advantages of a typical pre-health organization.

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MEDLIFE is a secular, volunteer-run global health organization whose mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. Our patients did not choose to be poor, but they do choose to strive for a better life. MEDLIFE stands beside them in this pursuit. We seek to achieve this goal through partnering with motivated individuals from communities experiencing poverty and working to improve their access to MEDs: Medicine, Education and community Development. MEDLIFE believes access to quality healthcare, education and personal development are basic human rights. To this end, we commit all our resources to bring Medicine, Education and Development to Low Income Families Everywhere. Along with affiliate chapters, MEDLIFE at The University of Houston raises money for medicine, education and community development projects for low-income families around the world, commits to learning about and increasing awareness of inequality in global healthcare, and promotes MEDLIFE's goals and reputation within their community.

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​Candidates who are interested in pursuing a Physician Assistant Program must be academically competitive, diligently involved in the community and passionate about medicine. This organization is designed to provide candidates with the additional knowledge and experiences necessary for admission into PA school.

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The Pre-Pharmacy Association aims to prepare members for success in pharmacy schools starting in their undergraduate career. We provide opportunities to network, volunteer, learn more about Pharmacy Schools and the application process, and meet representatives and current students of Pharmacy Schools. In addition, members will have access to our PCAT, PTCE, and PharmCas workshops.

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Our Pre-Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Society (PTOTS) a tUniversity of Houston aims to provide resources to students pursuing the physicaltherapy and occupational therapy field. We aim to prepare students for theirprofessional program by hosting a series of workshops covering admission process, resume building, GRE preparation, amongst other topics. PTOTS also aims to provide student information about the physical therapy and occupational therapy professions by hosting meetings with field professionals. Most importantly, PTOTS aims to build a supportive community of like-minded students through volunteer opportunities, program tours, and social events. 

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The University of Houston Pre-Optometry Professional Society (UHPOPS) is a student organization dedicated to providing a source of information for individuals who are interested in the field of optometry. We aim to offer our members exposure to vision health, as well as to educate our members about the requirements for gaining admission to a professional program.

UHPOPS provides its members with opportunities to obtain first-hand experience with vision care through shadowing positions and volunteer events. In close collaboration with Prevent Blindness Texas, we actively participate in no-cost vision screenings around the city of Houston.

During our bi-monthly meetings, we invite guest speakers such as optometrists and ophthalmologists to speak to our members about their passion for the field of optometry and their own experiences in the profession. Our other guest speakers include representatives from various optometry schools around the nation, and faculty members and current students from our very own college of optometry. Our meetings are a gateway to information about leading technology, legislation, and optometry school admissions.

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​​The University of Houston Pre-Vet Association is a group of students who love animals and are dedicated to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. We welcome students from all majors who are interested in learning more about the field and the vet school admissions process.

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Rho Nu is an organization that works to help UH students gain knowledge about the field of nursing. The majority of our events are via Zoom and provide tons of experience/fun to meet new people!

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The Society of Future Medical Professionals is a pre-medical student organization that emphasizes volunteerism and academic achievement. To be more precise, we organize and provide community service outreach, clinical volunteering/shadowing, networking opportunities, and, most importantly, the leadership and professionalism qualities required to excel in the healthcare industry for our members.

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